Allium canadense

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Meadow Garlic


Plant Specifics

Size:1 ft tall by 0.1 ft wide but spreads through creation of new bulbs and can form relatively large clumps and patches of onions.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Summer and winter dormant. Blooms in early spring.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, informal groundcover, or herb garden.
Propagation:Transplant bulbs, plant bulblets that are produced at the flower head, or grow from seed.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Circum neutral



Pollinated by bees and other insects.

Native Habitats:Ruderal, especially roadside ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Add to your herb garden next to the chives. Leaves are solid (not hollow like chives and other onions) and can be used raw or cooked to add a mild garlicky flavor.
General Comments:The inflorescence consists of a few long-stalked flowers with 6 tepals and many bulblets that tend to sprout in place. The first leaf from the bulblet tends to curl giving the structure a wild-haired appearance.